New York is finally starting to turn the corner on the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday.
The Covid positivity rate and the seven-day case average, which exploded to staggering new highs amid the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant, are trending downward, Hochul said at a press conference in Albany.
“There will come a time when we can say it’s all over,” Hochul said. “We’re not there yet, but boy, it’s on the horizon and we’ve waited a long time for that.”
Hochul reported 177 new deaths from Covid and 12,207 hospitalizations in the state, while noting that both metrics tend to lag behind the current trajectory of the virus.
“You’ve all done the right thing, and that is why we’ll be at the forefront of the states seeing this long-awaited, much-anticipated decline,” Hochul said, predicting that New York is “turning the corner on the winter surge.”
New York has the highest vaccination rate in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 73% of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated against Covid, and almost 86% have received at least one vaccine dose.